According to Roman poet Martial, “he lives two lives who relives his past with pleasure”. If that is true, then Barons Fausto (1843-1914) and Giuseppe (1845-1934) Bagatti Valsecchi certainly had an extremely long existence, at least in spirit.
The two brothers made renovating their family’s palace, in the heart of their hometown, Milan, their main occupation. They dedicated their life to the task, with the goal of turning their residence into an ideal Renaissance treasure chest, in which they could live like 16th-century princes while still taking advantage of the technological innovations available in the 1800s.
Thus – channeling their time’s eclectic taste for anything that came from the “age of rebirth” – they started to collect sculptures, paintings, weapons, books, handicrafts, jewelry, ceramics, fabrics, and many more beautiful objects made in Italy, and often in Lombardy, between the 15th and 16th century.
Over the years, the building became a harmonious bouquet, in which decorations and works of art – including paintings by Giovanni Bellini and Lorenzo di Nicolò – recreate a Renaissance environment to perfection.
In 1975, the brothers’ private palace opened to the public; now, the Bagatti Valsecchi Museum is one of the best historic house-museums in Europe.
A visit here will certainly allow you to relive the past with pleasure, and thus to live two lives…